Wildlife in Milford

The value of wildlife habitat and the loss from its destruction is hard to quantify. Nonetheless, the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat provides many benefits to the town, including (1) preservation of open space and scenic views, (2) recreational and educational opportunities, (3) water resource and water supply protection, (4) wind, noise, and visual buffers, and (5) flood prevention.

Preservation of wildlife habitat is important because of the cumulative effect of development. Although a single development may destroy only a fraction of existing wildlife habitat area, repeated approval of such development will quickly reduce or eliminate the land's ability to support many species of plants and animals and irrevocably prevent future use of land as wildlife habitat.

If you see wildlife or evidence of wildlife in town, let us know! Tell us the exact location, Please email, US mail or call the Conservation Commission office.
(conservation@milford.nh.gov, One Union Square in Milford, or 249-0628.)

The following lists the animal species currently endangered or threatened in the State of New Hampshire.

Endangered wildlife are those native species whose prospects for survival in New Hampshire are in danger because of a loss or change in habitat, over-exploitation, predation, competition, disease, disturbance or contamination. Assistance is needed to ensure continued existence as a viable component of the state's wildlife community.

Threatened wildlife are those species which may become endangered if conditions surrounding them begin, or continue, to decline.

* = Federally threatened

**= Federally endangered.

This list was updated in October 2008. 

 

MAMMALS

Endangered:

* Canada lynx, Lynx canadensis

small-footed bat, Myotis leibii

** Gray wolf, Canis lupus

New England cottontail, Sylvilagus transitionalis

 

 

Threatened:

American marten, Martes americana (formerly pine marten)

BIRDS

Endangered:

common nighthawk, Chordeiles minor

northern harrier, Circus cyaneus

golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

* piping plover, Charadrius melodus

upland sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda

** roseate tern, Sterna dougallii

least tern, Sterna antillarum

sedge wren, Cistothorus platensis

 

 

Threatened:

common loon, Gavia immer

American three-toed woodpecker, Picoides dorsalis

grasshopper sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum

pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps

bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus

peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus

common tern, Sterna hirundo

FISH

Endangered:

American brook lamprey, Lampetra bifrenatus

** shortnose sturgeon , Acipenser brevirostrum

 

 

Threatened:

Bridle shiner, Notropis bifrenatus

REPTILES

Endangered:

timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus

Blanding's turtle, Emydoidea blandingii

Eastern hognose snake, Heterodon platyhinos

 

 

Threatened:

spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata

black racer, coluber constrictor

AMPHIBIANS

Endangered:

marbled salamander, Ambystoma opacum

 

 

Threatened:

(none currently listed)

INVERTEBRATES

Endangered:

cobblestone tiger beetle, Cicindela  marginipennis

** dwarf wedge mussel, Alasmidonta heterodon

brook floater, Alasmidonta varicosa

frosted elfin butterfly, Callophrys irus

** Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis

Persius dusky wing skipper, Erynnis persius persius

ringed bog haunter dragonfly, Williamsonia lintneri

* puritan tiger beetle, Cicindela puritana

White Mountain fritillary, Boloria titania montinus

 

Threatened:

pine pinion moth, Lithophane lepida lepida

White Mountain Arctic, Oeneis melissa semidea